On 18th September, the UN Risk Management Unit held a one day training for NGOs in Garowe. Attended by 14 participants from nine National NGOs and two International NGOs, the training intended to provide participants with a basic introduction to risk management principles and processes.
In a fragile country such as Somalia, NGOs are dealing with risk as part of their daily routine. Of all kinds, these might affect the staff security and safety, the reputation of the organization as well as the quality of programmes and services. “This is beneficial to everyone in this industry to avoid embarrassment that may affect the organization objectives and even survival.” stated Bashir Abdullahi, Audit and Compliance Officer from Save the Children
For Mohamed Ahmed Fidow, Project Manager at FAWESOM, risk management's capacity building is crucial for an organization to identify surrounded risks, mitigate their effects and thus ensure the quality of service delivery. “NGOs need to have strong risk management capacity to enhance their service delivery and improve resilience in the case of potential risks,” he said
Designed for staff members, with a particular focus on those responsible for implementing Risk Management processes in Somalia, the training was meant to assist their understanding of risks, and utilization of particular tools as well as to participate in the identification, assessment and management of an organization’s risks.
At the end of the training, participants expressed their satisfaction and emphasized the added value of gaining skills, that will strengthen their capacity.
“There a lot of enemies or obstacles facing us sometimes. This training will help me identifying risks that exist in my country and also how to manage them,“ stated Mohamed Abdirizak isse from PUNSAA while another participant perceived it as a chance for his organization to plan projects better.
The importance of sharing knowledge, information as well as to stay in touch with the RMU for any tipps and updates was also pointed out by some participants. “Sharing knowledge among development and humanitarian partners will increase the information I can get beyond my organization into the industry wide” stressed Bashir Abdullahi, Audit and Compliance Officer at Save the Children.
Finally, when asked about any recommendation they would have for their NGOs counterparts, most of the participants said, they would encourage this kind of training, as an essential source of tools to deal with the Somali context.
“In a country like Somali where environments change, I personally believe this type of training is a must for any managerial/field level staff,” declared Said A. Mohamed, Deputy Program Coordinator, Medecin Du Monde (MDM).